The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. (home of Google, and just a few miles from Apple’s HQ in Cupertino) has a new display up, featuring none other than the source code to Photoshop 1.0, the very first version of Adobe’s powerhouse photo-editing software. The exhibit features 128,000 lines of code, which make up the initial release of Photoshop, for Mac computers back in ye old early computer days of 1989.
Photoshop represents one of the very first, and most successful graphical interfaces, which of course the Mac platform is known for innovating. You can not only see the exhibit at the Computer History Museum itself, but you can also download the source code on your own over the Internet — as long as you agree to a 1,400-word license. At any rate, it’s nice to have this little piece of GUI history archived and remembered in this way.
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I have a fascination with weather and our Earth’s climate, so Living Earth HD — which simulates a live view of our planet based on real data — is a lovely find. You can overlay weather and clock info on the gorgeous renderings of Earth, and look at real phenomena based on satellite images. There’s an alarm clock and support for Retina, which makes Living Earth HD really gorgeous and functional.
In this Origin Stories, Moshen Chen, creator of Living Earth HD, talks about the problems he saw in similar products before his, and how he worked to create the app. Living Earth HD is available for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
I use my iPhone a lot to listen to music when I’m out and about. And I have a really great pair of earphones to use for this purpose. However, they are high-end in-ear monitors. And while they sound amazing, they are not always practical for day to day tasks like going for a run or shoving them in my back pocket when I arrive at my destination. They are expensive, and therefore require special attention.
So I’ve been in the market for a second pair of great sounding earphones that don’t break the bank and can take the beating of daily life. And that’s why I was excited about Apple’s EarPod headphones. I thought they would be the answer to my easy listening requirements: A budget pair of earphones that are well designed and produce a great sound. However, we all know they turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment. And that’s where RHA’s MA150 noise-isolating earphones come in.
Released in January of this year, the MA150s can be bought for US$19.95. They are designed to be affordable, yet provide uncompromised sound and function.
Everybody’s favorite cloud syncing app, Dropbox, has been updated for iOS. Dropbox 2.1 adds a few new features, most notably a redesigned PDF viewer.
That PDF viewer includes a button in the top left of all open PDF files that now displays multi-page PDFs as thumbnails for quick navigation. There’s also a search button — tapping it displays a search field for finding specific text in your PDF file quickly and easily.